The link-up could lead to events at the Bronte Parsonage Museum to tie in with Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. The latest version of Jane Eyre premiered in the USA recently and will be released in the UK in September. The film stars Australian actress Mia Wasikowska – star of Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland – in the title role. Also appearing in the adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s novel are Judi Dench and Billy Elliot actor Jamie Bell.
A new version of Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights is expected to be released at the end of this year.
Parsonage bosses hope to host a visit by the film’s writers later this year as part of the museum’s contemporary arts programme.
They also hope to organise an exhibition of costumes from Wuthering Heights at a future date.
Museum director Andrew McCarthy said it was too early to comment on the quality of the film.
But he said: “We would hope it’s a good rendition. The casting seems pretty promising, and we look forward to it.
“At a practical level a film usually means increased interest in the Brontes which can translate into more visitors, so it’s likely to be positive.”
The new Jane Eyre, a BBC co-production, is directed by acclaimed film-maker Cary Fukunaga.
Much of the story is told in flashback after Governess Jane flees the imposing house where she worked for Edward Rochester
The publicity says: “She reflects upon the people and emotions that have defined her. It is clear that the isolated and imposing residence – and Mr Rochester’s coldness – have sorely tested the young woman’s resilience.” Jane has to decide whether to return to Thornfield House to come to terms with the past that haunts her.
The new Wuthering Heights is directed by Oscar-winner Andrea Arnold who made gritty independent movies Red Road and Fish Tank.